2017-10-15 / Dining & Entertainment

Johnathan Rand special guest in Saginaw Choral Society Opener

SAGINAW – Saginaw Choral Society opens its 2017-2018 season with “Michigan Chillers” on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Temple Theatre. Joining the SCS will be acclaimed author, Johnathan Rand, famed for the young adult book series, “Michigan Chillers” and “American Chillers.”

Rand will be reading selections from his Campfire Chillers CD while SCS enhances the storytelling with music. Musical selections include “Time Warp” from “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Gravedigger” by Dave Matthews, “Alice’s Theme” by Danny Elfman, and Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna!” from Carmina Burana.

Doors will open at 2 p.m. and the Beer-for-a-Buck Bar will again be available in the Lobby Balcony. Concert-goers (children and adults) are encouraged to come in costume. An afterglow and book signing with Rand will follow the concert in the Leopard Lounge.

Rand said, “This will be one of the most exciting events of the year. The people of Saginaw have always been incredibly gracious hosts, and this event, in particular, is something I’ve been looking forward to. A very unique, spooky, and fun weekend that I think everyone will enjoy.”

A free concert shuttle service will be available, compliments of Great Lakes Bay Financial. The shuttle will run one hour before and after the concert from the Chamber of Commerce building at 515 N. Washington Ave.

Also available at this concert is an optional dinner for concert patrons at the Saginaw Club with conductor and music director, Jeremiah Kraniak. Reservations are required. Call (989) 754-8404 for reservations.

Kraniak said, “Concerts like this one are thrilling. There is a natural relationship between literacy and music. Working with creative and imaginative people like Johnathan is a joy that makes it easy to inspire concert goers to be creative and imaginative themselves. SCS is also facilitating a field trip presentation with Johnathan for hundreds of local third - eighth graders the day before the concert. I can’t wait to see the faces of the students when they begin to believe in their own potential for reading, writing, and creatively expressing their own ideas. This is the kind of programming that makes a positive difference.”

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